REM is the passion of 20+ creatives in the Denton filmmaking community. We are collaborating to create something beautiful, and – we hope – something that will speak to the core of everyone who comes into contact with this story.
Remington Blake, a young vacuum salesman and heir to a great fortune, is having recurring dreams of his own death. Strangely enough, he is also having dreams of a beautiful woman whom he has never met. As the dreams increase with intensity and frequency, so do his feelings for this mysterious woman.
Remington’s brother, Everett, prepares to marry the ever spunky Emily Dodd, however the violent and foreboding nature of Remington’s dreams begins to put a shroud over their relationship and the upcoming event. When Remington meets the woman he has been dreaming about in real life, their relationship propels him towards the events of his death, leaving him with an impossible decision between love and life.
Remington is the main character. He is in his early 20′s. He’s distracted, reserved, tidy, and organized. Undriven. He works as a door to door vacuum cleaner salesman and lives with his brother Everett.
Nora is the love interest. She is in her early twenties, dressed in vintage and punk. She is undisciplined, artistic, isolated, and a bit snarky. She’s trying to do her best, though, amidst it all.
Everett is Remington’s older brother – facetious, overbearing, but caring. He dresses a bit 90′s, is a bit sloppy, and can't avoid a good bit of sarcasm.
Emily is Everett’s lively fiancée and friend and confidante to Remington. She is spirited, fanciful, elegant, and factual.
JEREMY OTTENS - DIRECTOR
GABRIEL KONKLE - WRITER/DIRECTOR
RYAN POLLY - CINEMATOGRAPHER
Producer: Dalton Kane
Production Manager: Donald Cadenhead
Production Assistant: Bijan Zadeh
Production Assistant: Clay Golden
Production Assistant: Lauren Maffey
Script Supervisor/Editor: Breanne Kerzee
Camera Operator: Daniel Routh
Camera Production Assistant: Jay Erwin
Camera Production Assistant: Jonathan Graham
Lighting Technician: Tyler Burns
Lighting Technician: Thomas Whiteside
Grip: Stephen Jackson
Grip: Evan Rios
Creative Director/Casting Director: Amie Fendrick
Composer: Matthew Minich
Set Decorator: Elisabeth McClain
Wardrobe Stylist: Sarah Wells
Make Up Artist: Kristin Colaneri
Illustrator: Christian Prince
We've come to Kickstarter to ask for your help to fund our film. Movies take a lot of money. Our crew and cast are doing all of the work for this film for free. Every cent is going to the quality of the production. We are raising funds for purchasing and renting gear, wardrobe, set decoration, props, and countless other administrative costs that go along with filming.
That's where you come in. We're asking for $8,000. This isn't the friendly, breathing-room number, either. This has been hacked down to the bare bones that we can do this film for and still do it justice.
We believe in you, though. As much as we hope you believe in us. That's why we've created extra goals. We believe we can go beyond the $8,000 mark. We feel like you've got that. That's cake. Let's really make this dream a reality. Help us blow the world away with what Denton can do in film!
THE BARE BONES - $8,000
This is the hacked and slashed budget that we fought hard to get to you. We don't want to play any games; we're serious about making this film. We don't need to eat; we don't need to sleep. We'll stretch our bones to stretch this budget as far as the film will take us.
THE BUDGET - $12,000
This is the actual budget we originally came up with when we sat down to detail out everything that we'd need for the production. To have the breathing room, margin, and better equipment that this budget allows would be immense. You would get a better quality film, things would run much smoother, and we would all be prouder to call this a Denton-made film.
A film is only good if it's seen, right? This budget includes all the fees, travel fares, and marketing costs necessary to participate in a proper film festival circuit. This would put Denton on the map, as well as share the story of REM to a much wider audience.
THE PAYCHECK - $20,000
This is, quite simply, where we pay our actors. These talented individuals are coming from all around the area on their own dime. This budget provides them with modest pay, better on-set food, better wardrobe, and other accommodations. This film hinges on their success. Let's give them some drive!
THE DIRECTOR'S CUT - $30,000
This is the film we'd really love to make. This would give us much better equipment (lighting, sound, lenses – everything that makes a movie beautiful) and all around better creative control to make a film that would blow even our expectations out of the water. It would be gorgeous. Think about it.
THE BLOCKBUSTER - $50,000
Now, we know $50,000 is actually pretty modest to call something a "Blockbuster." But we feel we can create a truly remarkable product with the resourcefulness that we used to plan the film with only $8,000. With this budget, we would also sow into future productions, creating a full-fledged production company.
Risks and challenges
It's inevitable. Something will go wrong. This is a film, after all, involving more than 30 cast and crew and several moving parts. Whether it's something with the soundtrack or delays in shipping, we understand that production probably won't go as we hoped or planned for. But we're not alone.
We have a dedicated crew of 20+ people, but we'll also be counting on the support of the community here. Denton has a filmmaker's collective with over 60 members, and we also have contact with some of the leading filmmakers in the area. Luckily, we have the support we need if something overwhelming or unexpected comes our way.
But mundane mistakes and reshoots are probably what we'll face, which will just take a little gumption and a lot of patience.
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